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Virgin Media ultrafast broadband boost for 50000 Northern Ireland properties in 2017

Homes and businesses across Northern Ireland are set to benefit from ultrafast broadband after a ?3billion investment from Virgin Media. As it kicks off its Project Lightning expansion in Northern Ireland, Virgin Media plans to extend its ultrafast network to up to 50,000 properties in 2017. This has the potential to transform the quality of broadband in Northern Ireland, where average download speeds are just 23.8Mbps.

Work has already begun in communities including Ballykelly, Bangor, Limavady, Newtownards, Strabane and Artigarvan with customers benefitting from ultrafast speeds. Tony Hanway, CEO of Virgin Media Ireland, said : “Families and businesses – from Bangor to Ballykelly- will soon benefit from ultrafast broadband 12 times faster than the average speed available today.

“Virgin Media stands ready to invest in Northern Ireland, without subsidy from Stormont, London or Brussels. But, like any major infrastructure investment, we need support from local authorities and Government to cut through red-tape so we can connect more homes and businesses more quickly.”

Those who wish to take Virgin Fibre’s internet services will be connected to ultrafast broadband with entry level download speeds of 100Mbps, reaching up to 300Mbps for residents and download speeds of 350Mbps for small businesses.

This means that speeds on Virgin Fibre’s lowest tier are over four times as fast as average speeds in Northern Ireland.

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